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after rupert murdoch denied any knowledge of wrongdoing. his testimony interrupted by a protester with a pie. >>> and swept away. three hikers feared dead after reportedly getting caught in a dangerous current and pulled over a big waterfall at yosemite national park. and searchers are out looking for their bodies today wednesday, july 20th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm ann curry. as you see, it's 76 degrees already at 7:00 a.m. here in new york city. and new york is one of 32 states under a heat advisory warning today. >> i think you can see that shot from above, the haze that's hanging over the city. apparently a lot of the country is trapped inside what people are calling a heat dome. inside that dome temperatures in the 90s and 100s in areas that aren't used to getting that hot. now you throw humidity on top of that, and there is simply no way to escape. how long will all this last? we'll check in with al roker on that in just a moment. >>> then we're goi
with a heartbreaker tonight. we'll show you the apology in the last paper and what it might mean for rupert murdoch. [ man ] i got this new citi thankyou card and started earning loads of points. you got a weather balloon with points? yes i did. [ man ] points i could use for just about anything. ♪ ♪ there it is. [ man ] so i used mine to get a whole new perspective. ♪ [ male announcer ] the new citi thankyou premier card gives you more ways to earn points. what's your story? citi can help you write it. >>> there's word tonight that the san francisco police union has voted to accept a deal with the city that will allow them to receive raises and avoid layoffs while paying more for their pensions. the chronicle is reporting police will get a 3% pay raise immediately. the remaining 2% next year. the deal also requires police to pay an additional 3% to their pensions. this year it's a wash, it's supposed to save the city $10 million over the next two years. trying to get a pension reform measure on the ballot in november. in 2009 there were 52 members of the san francisco police department who m
murdoch's reeling media empire. >>> hours to go. after being found not guilty of murdering her daughter casey, anthony will be freed from jail on sunday. the question now, could casey be safer behind bars? >>> and j. lo's solo. after seven years as husband and wife, jennifer lopez and marc anthony stun their fans by announcing their marriage is over. so what went wrong? what the superstar couple is saying "today," saturday, july what the superstar couple is saying "today," saturday, july 16th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on a saturday. nice to have you here. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm amy robach. i was a little surprised this morning when i saw the news about jennifer lopez and marc anthony. they just renewed their vows last year. i think everyone thought they had figured it out. >> they were so likable together as a couple. we saw them together on "american idol" last. married since 2004 and the parents of two young children, they're now heading for divorce. this is anthony's second marriage. for lopez it's number three. we'
, the after the hacking scandal. as billionaire media mogul rupert murdoch prepares for a grilling from parliament. >>> and on top of the world. japan beats the u.s. team at the world cup, giving a nation battered by natural disaster and nuclear calamities a big reason to smile, "today," monday, july 18th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> welcome to "today" on this monday morning. i'm ann curry. >> and i'm lester holt in for matt. i think we both watched that match yesterday. you've got to feel good about the u.s. team. we were disappointed, but what a performance they put on and what a great thing they did for american soccer. >> that's right. for women's soccer, particularly, bringing it to a new level of cool. men and boys, women and girls, nationwide, watching them play. i think that they're winners in that regard. >> and the japanese certainly have something to feel good about after a really rough year. and i love the fact they thanked the world for the support they have had. >> and they continue to thank, actually, after every game. so it's a pretty exciting
murdoch. sunday monday involves picking up the news of the world. a ritual that parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents would recognize. but with thank you and good-bye, today is their last chance. the 168-year-old tabloid that thrived on scandal and exposing hypocrisy has itself been destroyed by a scandal of its own. the paper is being investigated for paying police for information and there are allegations of voicemail hacking. one paper has dubbed this, britain's watergate. serious questions about journalism has been raised. three people have been arrested so far, including the paper's formal editor, who was once a key aide to british prime minister david cameron. >> i think this is a very sad day for the news of the world. >> reporter: the paper's owner, rupert murdoch whose oarrived i britain sunday to manage the crisis directly. the allegations of phone hacking have been rumbling in the background for several years but exploded last week when a rival paper accused the news of the world from the murdered 13-year-old girl while police were hunting for her hoping she was
as scotland yard alleges, murdoch's company may have broken u.s. law. >> news corp is an american corporation and they are bound by american laws regardless of where the offense takes place. >> reporter: u.s. politicians are also latching on to an unconfirmed report from an unnamed source that "news of the world" hacked phones belonging to 9/11 victims. >> anyone who did this really forget the legality, just in terms of the morality of this is just beyond the pale. >> reporter: the 9/11 allegation appeared on sunday in light of congressional concerns, we called news international, the subsidiary and they told us they have seen no evidence that those allegations are true. >> stephanie gosk in london this morning. thanks as always. martin bashir, it's good to have you here. sometimes when i have you, i like to ask the simplest question first because i like your take. you spend a lot of time as a journalist in the u.k. and here in the united states. >> i worked for the sunday times between 1984 and 1985. >> as you've watched this story unfold over the last month or so, what jumps out at you? >>
after rupert murdoch announced he's shutting down the 168-year-old paper. nbc's mike taibbi has more. mike? >> reporter: the so-called phone hacking scandal has been around for years. six years, to be precise. but in the past week it went from a story about celebrity cell phones being hacked to regular people as alleged victims, including the grieving relatives of crime victims or soldiers killed in action and the explosion that's followed led to the extinction of the biggest circulation newspaper in the english speaking world. media baron rupert murdoch has had little to say as the scandal jumped to another level. >> i'm not making any comments. >> reporter: but son james murdoch said if the allegations are true, the newspaper's behavior was inhuman. >> i feel regret. clearly, the practices of certain individuals did not live up to the standards and quality of journalism that we believe in. >> reporter: one practice that met no standards, that grieving relatives of murdered children, or of british soldiers killed in action, had their cell phones hacked and their voice mail messages
, that scandal, more rupert murdoch's newspapers. this as britain's prime minister speaks out how he and his family were targeted. >>> and sergeant surprise. a marine serving in afghanistan takes a chance on youtube and asks a favorite actress, mila kunis, to a military ball. >> take a second to think about it, get back to me. >> her response? yes! and now he's the envy of the corps. this is "today" on july 12th, 2011. >>> and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm ann curry. >> i'm matt lauer. nice to see you. >> nice to see you. welcome back. we really missed you. partner in crime. >> i had perfect weather on vacation. now that perfect sunny weather has turned perfect, sunny and brutally hot. if you're in the new york area today, hopefully your afternoon plans will be indoor. our heat index, about 103 today. >> we're not alone. heat advisories have been issued for at least 18 states, matt. and in illinois, the dangerous temperatures are blamed for at least one death. we'll get details and al's forecast straight ahead. >>> nbc news investigates a controversy involving gop president
if the employees also hacked into account of victims of 1911. the man who owned the newspaper, rupert murdoch has agreed to speak with the british parliament next week, they say the fall of the newspaper and murdoch is like the end of a dictatorship. in indonesia a, a volcano has the erupted the first of several blast started about 10:45 p.m. last night. local villages with more than 2000 people have been evacuated. the volcano has been on high alert for the last week is one of 129 active volcanoes in that country. in china, one person was killed another 22 people injured after a bridge collapsed. it happened during the morning commute, a tourist bus carrying 23 people fell off the bridge. chinese authorities are trying to figure out why the 12 year old bridge caved in. >> of the new droid3 hits the stores today we get a peek at the new smart phone. >> the verizon motorola droid 3 keeps to the slide out physical keyboard feature that one and two have. it is one of the few on the market that has the slide out keyboard if you like to type on real but, this is the and droid phone to have, this one
rupert murdoch's media empire has now spread to the united states. congressional lawmakers are asking the fbi to investigate whether murdoch's newspapers tried to hack into the phone records of september 11th victims. today a ninth man was now arrested in connection with phone hacking at the "news of the world." this time it was a top editor. >>> in india's financial capital mumbai is on high alert after three bombings rocked the city at rush hour. investigators are combing debris trying to determine which terror group is behind the attack which killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 140. >>> and new evidence this morning that any recovery in the housing market is still a long way off. foreclosure activity actually rose by 4% last month compared to may. now analysts expect at least 800,000 homes will be repossessed this year alone. they say that number would be far higher, but banks are actually backed up trying to process all the defaults. >>> and finally, the academy awards of the sports world. they are espn's espy awards complete with red carpet fas
the policy it opposes. 6. >>> a protege of rupert murdoch has resigned her post. she is the biggest casualty so far in the phone hacking scandal at a now disfungt sunday tabloid. and they tried to hack into the phones of 9/11 victims. several members of congress have demanded investigation. his company has been hit they hacked into phones of thousands of people. "wall street journal", damage to the company is nothing more tha will not be recovered. they have a reputation of good work in this country. he also he was getting annoyed by negative headlines. >>> san francisco public defender jeff adachi has rolled out several videos to the embarrassment of san francisco police department in recent months. now another undercover video has surfaced but this time the tables are turned. political reporter mark matthews with the story and the video. >> as a private says he is leading the charge to revamp the pension system. it would cap benefits and raise employee contributions particularly for police and firefighters. to qualify for the november ballot, petition gatherers were hired and in this under
involve murdoch reporters accessing gordon brown's financial records and his seriously ill son's medical files. another report suggests his reporters paid the queen's bodyguards to get secret information about the royal family. >>> in russia, hope is fading for 81 people still missing after an aging cruise ship sank yesterday. so far 58 bodies have been recovered. the ship was overcrowded at the time and the port engine was malfunctioning. one survivor said he saw two ships that refused to stop and help them. river cruise ships are very popular among russians. >>> u.s. defense secretary panetta visited u.s. troops today. panetta expressed his frustration that baghdad has not decided if it wants u.s. troops to remain in iraq beyond the planned withdraw at the end of this year. >>> two important votes are scheduled to take place this week that could increase tuition for students in both the uc system. the hike would cost a full time under graduate an additional $5,000 in tuition. it's not clear if the increase would go into effect in the fall or the following spring semester. >>> come thur
to be growing. the latest allegations involve murdoch reporters accessing gordon brown's financial records and his seriously ill son's medical files. another report suggests his reporters paid the queen's bodyguards to get secret information about the royal family. >>> in russia, hope is fading for 81 people still missing after an aging cruise ship sank yesterday. so far 58 bodies have been recovered. the ship was overcrowded at the time and the port engine was malfunctioning. one survivor said he saw two ships that refused to stop and help them. river cruise ships are very popular among russians. >>> u.s. defense secretary panetta visited u.s. troops today. panetta expressed his frustration that baghdad has not decided if it wants u.s. troops to remain in iraq beyond the planned withdraw at the end of this year. >>> two important votes are scheduled to take place this week that could increase tuition for students in both the uc system. the hike would cost a full time under graduate an additional $5,000 in tuition. it's not clear if the increase would go into effect in the fall or the foll
murdoch bought "news of the world" but it has been loved by readers and feared by the politicians, celebrities and royals that it has regularly exposed. in its final edition editors asked the reading public not to judge the paper by this scandal but instead by its years in print. with the ink barely dry on the final edition of "the news of the world" rupert murdoch traveled to the uk to manage the damage control personally. on display his so far unqualified support from rebecca brooks, former editor of the paper and now a trusted executive at news corp. smiles for the cameras but calls for hooks to resign are growing louder. one of the most damaging allegations the paper faces is a phone hacking of a 13-year-old murder victim. charismatic redhead was editor of "news of the world "account at the time. >> if she goes that puts a spotlight on rupert murdoch's son james and if he is vulnerable rupert murdoch is himself. >> reporter: he is widely seen as his father's heir apparent. >> james murdoch and rebecca brooks cannot deny responsibility. >> reporter: brook clings to her job as h
one of the best selling newspapers threatens to damage more of the media empire, rupert murdoch will fly into the uk. his own son, james murdock, could face prosecution. yesterday, two top employees were arrested, an editor who once served as the prime minister's communication director and a reporter who served prison time in 2007 when victims included celebrities and members of the royal family. the claim, that people's privacy was invaded. their cell phone voice mails listened to, described as phone hacking. britain's prime minister vowing, no stone will be left unturned. >> that these people could have had their phones hacked into in order to generate stories for a newspaper is simply disgusting. >> among the 4,000 potential phone hacking victims whose names or numbers have now been turned over to the police, families tony phillipson just found out that his son, james, who died in afghanistan in 2006 may have had not only his cell phone tapped into by the news of the world, but also his e-mail. >> they hacked into a dead soldier. this is despicable. what else can you say? wha
. this is james and rupert murdoch they were test --testifying before parliament. >> a look at our extended forecast, warmer weather sticking with us for the next couple of days the we will cool down through the weekend and into next week i will tell you all about it coming up. >> the dow lost 62 points and the nasdaq one did gain one point. now you say the first loser is stocked rob? who >> and it is all due to debt. we saw some unemployment claims come out today a little better than expected, and but for instance, i saw some of the data inside of the data and something that i want to know is that lawmakers are starting to talk about the interest tax deductions from your mortgage, they are thinking about writing it out. i ultimately support that in large part, because if you are renting and i and moaning i get a large tax cut of that that you do not get. we are so desperate. what was once a sacred cow, people are now starting to talk about >> do you think it will go away? >> i think it will in 5, to 10 years. the whole idea is that it was to encourage home ownership and now we're satur
. >> the prosecution of the paper and the top executives. rupert murdoch is calling the allegations deplorabldeplorable unacceptable, and it will again cooperate with the police. the reporter who served time released a statement saying there was relentless pressure, a aa constant demand for results. for an outraged british public, there is simply no excuse. >> interestingly enough, in america, we don't have this kind of journalism yet. hopefully the american taste level is still such that it agrees this is just a bridge too far. it's that check and balance on everything else, then the very fabric of our democracy could be put at risk. >> several big advertisers are pulling out of the newspaper. along come more allegations that the paper may have paid police for information. ann? >> pretty shocking allegations. michelle, thank you so much. >>> coming up next, will and catherine wrapping up their canadian tour as they prepare to head to california. l er ts. every day you live with the pain of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis could be another day you're living with joint damage. help stop the damag
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